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Certification Extensions

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Teacher candidates seeking an ESL certificate must also obtain the relevant general education certificate (e.g.; must obtain an Elementary Education certificate in order to attain an Elementary ESL certification).

The student must complete eighteen (18) semester hours of coursework to include work in each of the following content areas:

Coursework required for ESL Certification Extension:

Introduction to English Linguistics

ENG 330
CMD 274

The Structure of American English
Communication Processes


Curriculum and Methods for ESL Program

EDC 516

Teaching English as a Second Language


Second Language Assessment & Evaluation:  Theories of First & Second Language Acquisition

LIN 420

Second Language Acquisition


Socio-Cultural Foundations of ESL Education

COM 361
LIN 320

Intercultural Communications


Second Language Literacy for LEP Learners

EDC 563

Teaching Reading to Multicultural Populations


Supervised Practicum in ESL classroom


LIN 497

Directed Field Study


Total must equal eighteen (18) semester hours of coursework and include one course in each of the content areas listed above and successful completion of LIN 497



  • For course availability please see Dr. JoAnn Hammadou or current ecampus course schedule, as courses are not offered every semester
  • Students interested in completing coursework for this certificate and proper assignment of an ESL advisor can contact us @ (401) 874-5930 or the:

Office of Teacher Education

701 Chafee Building

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI  02881


Requirements Followed by URI Coursework Required Coursework

Supervised internship. Placement must match current or future area of teacher certification (e.g. Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary English or Foreign Languages).

  • Typically students will enroll in the internship during the first summer session while the public schools are still in session.
  • Students must complete coursework requirements prior to enrolling in the internship.
  • The internship runs for five full weeks for a minimum of 100 clock hours in an ESL classroom.

LIN 497 (3cr.)

Dr. Hammadou

Final approval for receiving this certificate is through application and transcript review by the Rhode Island Department of Teacher Education and Certification. Students interested in teacher certification in ESL or a certification extension to teach ESL in states other than Rhode Island should check with that state’s department of teacher certification to ascertain that state’s requirements.


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